July 30, 2018
This is rather lengthy, so take a seat and sit a spell. It’s been a whirlwind of a year, but it’s all good; I wouldn’t want it differently. And specifically, the last month has been an emotional roller-coaster!I wish to learn to put my roots in a planter…..to be mobile and bloom wherever I set that planter in the sun. I wish to collect stamps on my passport and new experiences. I’ve had the blessed opportunity to travel throughout Europe three different times for a month period each trip. And, Mexico countless times. I view this new season in my life as another adventure, as I have viewed all of my life. Opening up our hearts and minds to whatever the Lord has in store for us. I can now share, we will be full time RV’er’s living in “Casita Hug.” A nomadic vida, for how long? We don’t know, the Lord will determine that. I recall at one point in my life saying, “I could never live in our 5th wheeler” I was too rigid and materialistic and wanted/needed to be surrounded by “my pretty things.”And, one of the last reasons I clung onto was that I had to have roots and abide by “family traditions.” I had to have a home-base to make and carry forth our tradition of tamale making, put my Christmas tree up and most importantly my nativity scenes. A place where our daughters and grandchildren could visit. A place to carry on, all of the “family traditions” Mi Mama so deeply ingrained in all of her children. But, the Lord taught me that I could put up a miniature Christmas tree wherever we may be. Be it a hotel room or a rented vacation home with our daughters or Casita Hug (our 5th Wheeler). Also, I can still make tamales on a smaller scale or buy them. We can make our own new “family traditions.”And, Mi Corazon has taught me to sway more like bamboo (and be flexible). I have learned much after many lessons of purging, gifting, downsizing and letting go of material objects! This has been a long process I’ve been working on since before we left Paso Robles, California in 2015.I liken this to not only decluttering from “things and objects” but more importantly freeing my mind which enables me to focus on what’s really important in life.It’s not something that happens overnight; letting go is difficult. I worked so hard to acquire things I did not have as a child. Things I [thought] I needed. And, now I’ve worked to get rid of them! I now realize I don’t need 8 leather purses in every color of the rainbow. It’s a maddening viscous cycle; you accumulate so much stuff that you need to buy a bigger home to accommodate your “stuff!”
NLTMatthew 6:25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?”
I am more cautious about my shopping and have several rules I now apply. Such as questioning do I really need it or is it a want? In addition to leaving my wallet in my car, which forces me to think twice.It is a freeing and an unencumbered experience; they are only “things,” that were weighing me down! Keep in mind I have been a collector of many “things,” you name it, I collected and enjoyed it, since I was about 19 years old. I collected old rusty nails, vintage dishes, albums, vintage lace & linens, buttons, huge yellow ware bowls, chickens, French enamelware, vintage serapes, costume jewelry, vintage tools; you get the idea, everything and anything that grabbed my fancy. If it was old and weird, I bought it. The “weirder” the better! I was too entangled to things of this world. I was constantly cleaning, as if a slave to my things. When you move into a 400 square foot 5th wheeler from a 3,400 square foot home you learn how to downsize real quickly. We have downsized, gifted and sold many of our belongings. And, what we wanted to keep is in a rental storage unit. We prayed and prayed and were quiet. And, after many conversations with our Lord and of deep soul-searching, examining, exploring and dissecting all the pros and cons; of what we wanted at this point in our lives and what was truly important to us. Mi Corazon and I had initiated the conversation of selling what we thought was our “forever Casa Hug” before my first knee surgery. The main reason being our “Casa Hug” is a split level with stairs. The stairs were exacerbating my knee pain. And, the second reason being that Mi Corazon drives 5 hours each way weekly to Midland, where he works.We prayed to trust in the Lord and asked Him to show us the way to make the best decisions. Proverbs 3:5-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
5Trust in the Lord with all your heart,And lean not on your own understanding;6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,And He shall [a]direct your paths.
In September I had surgery on my left knee. Dr. Beicker informed me at that time my right knee would require surgery also, as soon as my left one healed. In March I had my right knee done.I feel fine now, Thanks be to God. But, we still are not closer to Midland. So we placed our much loved Casa Hug on the market awhile ago. We sold it today! Thank you Father.We are trusting in the Lord to do with us as He desires and to walk in faith. Excited to see where the Lord leads us. Abundently Blessed.
Thank you Father